Thursday, February 12, 2015

76. Update On Deborah O'Neill Gravesite

   David Shackle, who lives the closest to Summerfield of any O'Neill family member, sent me some new photos of Deborah's gravesite, taken on Wednesday, Feb. 11th. He also accompanied an oil company archaeologist to evaluate the location. There is some fracking and pipeline construction nearby, and Dave wanted to be sure the grave was not disturbed.
   Evidently, there is no danger at the moment and no relocation is planned. The archaeologist also used a quality GPS to refine the site coordinates, which are as follows:
39 degrees 48' 23.993 " N  81 degrees 21' 05.643" W

   All us O'Neill descendants owe David a huge debt of gratitude for keeping watch over this remote and precious site. For newbies, Deborah was the wife of Hugh O'Neill and migrated with him and their children from County Carlow in 1805 and relocated to Summerfield in Noble County, Ohio. Hugh, who later remarried, is buried in Philo Cemetery in Muskingum County, Ohio.


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